Delivering super-fast broadband in the UK - Interactive Executive Summary

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We agree with the conclusions of the Caio review that the private sector should play a principal role in investing to deliver super-fast broadband. However, there is uncertainty on how far the private sector will go – it depends on the demand, take-up and cost of these new networks. It is highly unlikely that the private sector will deliver truly national coverage: current plans are for 40 to 50%, the Broadband Stakeholder Group (BSG) believes it could reach two thirds of the UK. This uncertainty makes it difficult to predict what role the public sector should play at this point.

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mike kiely on 24 September 2008 at 2:08pm

Some clearly defined objectives are needed for the future delivery of core services, health, access to work, and further education, in order to show a clear benefit of NGA investment.

With those understood the nature of public participation is much easier.

Martin Limon on 12 November 2008 at 8:46pm

The history of broadband development in the last five years has shown that no commercial organisation has been willing to enter the Hull Telephone area to compete with Karoo. This is likely to remain the case while KC remains independent and outside the 'national network' Does KC have either the resources or the political will to invest in a super-fast broadband network using fibre optic cables? It is my belief that KC should be nationalised in order to provide both the polical will and the resources to modernise. Only then will it become an attractive proposition to an outside buyer and only then will the people inside the KC telephone area be able to share in this super-fast broadband revolution.

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